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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fisher House closer to reality

Fisher House is a home away from home for families of veterans that are undergoing long-term medical procedures at a Veterans Affairs hospital.
And the Greater Cleveland Fisher House got one step closer to becoming a reality after a recent fund raiser at VFW Post 7754 in Fairport Harbor.
Gini Geffert, assistant executive director and senior county veterans service officer for the Lake County Veterans Service Commission, with help from her staff, VFW Post 7754 and the Men’s and Ladies Auxiliaries of Post 7754 raised $16,150 to help make Fisher House Cleveland a reality.
Fisher House homes are built near major veterans medical facilities to house veteran’s families free of charge.
And this is not the first Fisher House fund raiser that the post has been associated with. Three years ago the post raised over $10,000 for the Fisher House at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.
The fund raiser was a huge success and shows what veterans and the community do to help others.

Card Party at Wickliffe Legion
American Legion Auxiliary Brewer-Tarasco Post 7, 29919 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe, will host a card party 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at the post home.
Tickets are $9 per person, with a salad bar, supper and desserts. The evening fun will include a 50/50 raffle, themed baskets and  door prizes.
For details or tickets, call Lucille Greig at 440-944-9732 or Dolly Hillier at 440-585-0449.

All-you-can-eat chili and soup dinner in Burton
Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, will host an all-you-can-eat chili and soup with corn bread dinner 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the post home. 
The dinner is $5 for adults and $3 for those age 12 and younger. For details, call Martha at 440-479-0297.

Dinner and show
benefit Honor Flight

Friends of Honor Flight Cleveland will host a dinner 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Oct. 27, at VFW Post 8548, 7604 Lake Road in Madison Township, with proceeds benefiting Honor Flight Cleveland.
Honor Flight makes it possible for veterans to visit Washington D.C. free of charge to visit their memorials.
Dinner, at $8 per person, will be followed by a performance by the Matheny’s presenting “This is My America.” A Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle will be a part of the evening fun with all proceeds going to Honor Flight Cleveland.
For details call Claire Jo Turkenburg at 440-428-6194.

Annual clam bake in Chardon
The Chardon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6519, 752 Water St. in Chardon will host the annual clam bake, 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the post home. Tickets are $25 per person and $10 for extra clams. They are available by pre-sale before Oct. 20.
For tickets or details call 440-285-3699.

Lake County DAV Chapter meets Saturday
Lake County Chapter 42 of the Disabled American Veterans meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Marine Corps League’s Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor.
The meeting begins at 11 a.m. and is usually one hour in length. All Disabled American Veterans are welcome.

Military Honor guard available
American Legion Post 459 of Burton has a full military honor guard available to perform military funeral services for any honorably discharged service man or woman. The honor guard is led by Newell Beaumier. Sergeant-at-Arms is available 24/7, with only a few days notice.
To request the honor guard call 440-834-8764, please leave a message if no one answers. This is a free service to all honorably discharged military personnel.

Spaghetti dinner at Mentor AMVETS
AMVETS Post 40, 9141 Jordan Road in Mentor, will serve a homemade spaghetti dinner each Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. Dinners, which are open to the public, are $7 per person and include all the trimmings. For details, call 440-257-5825.

Fairport VFW offers fish fry dinners
VFW Post 7754, 540 New St. in Fairport Harbor, will host a perch fry tonight at the post home.
Lunch will be served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner is served 4 to 7 p.m. The dinners are open to the public and are served on the second and fourth Fridays of each month.
For details call 440-352-1123.

To submit items for this column or the online listings, send them to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094: fax to 440-975-2293; or via email to

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